government is currently hosting hearings on proposed new regulations
that would make changes to the country's hours-of-service regulations
that govern how many hours a truck driver can work. The proposal
is being developed by Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators
(CCMTA), an association of transportation ministry officials
from all provinces and territories, and the federal government.
proposal reduces the daily limit from 16 hours to 14 hours and
reduces the maximum possible weekly hours from 104 to 84. The
CCMTA proposal would increase the minimum mandatory rest period
by 25 percent.
says the proposal is based on thorough consideration of the
best available scientific evidence on the safety impacts of
fatigue (including a 6 year, $6 million study conducted jointly
by Transport Canada and the U.S. Department of Transportation)
and on the recommendations from a panel of scientific experts.
working group included safety organizations, labour and others.
The Ontario Trucking Association believes the current hours-of-service
regulations are antiquated, cumbersome and contribute to fatigue
as opposed to preventing it. The CCMTA has already spent five
years studying the impact of fatigue on truck safety and consulting
on a new set of regulations, and say it would welcome further
public consultation on this important issue.
working group also includes Canadians for Responsible and Safe
Highways (CRASH), a group that claims to be a grassroots road
safety group. Ninety-one percent of Canadians believe hours-of-service
reform is needed to make trucking safer, according to a survey
released by CRASH.
percent of those surveyed by CRASH would change the 13-hour
driving shift allowed in Canada to the American limit of 10
hours. In addition, 85 percent would restrict weekly work hours
to 60 rather than the 84 hours per week planned for Canada.